Fed­er­a­tion backs ump in Wil­liams dis­pute

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

The In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion is de­fend­ing the chair um­pire who gave Ser­ena Wil­liams three code vi­o­la­tions dur­ing the U.S. Open fi­nal, say­ing his “de­ci­sions were in ac­cor­dance with the rel­e­vant rules.” Wil­liams was cited by Car­los Ramos on Satur­day dur­ing her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka. Ci­ta­tions were for get­ting coach­ing sig­nals, break­ing her racket, which cost her a point, and call­ing Ramos a thief, which cost her a game. On Sun­day, the tour­na­ment ref­eree docked Wil­liams $10,000 for “ver­bal abuse” of the chair um­pire, $4,000 for be­ing warned for coach­ing and $3,000 for break­ing her racket. The ITF said: “Ramos un­der­took his du­ties as an of­fi­cial ac­cord­ing to the rel­e­vant rule book and acted at all times with pro­fes­sion­al­ism and in­tegrity.”

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